The magic Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia

Patagonia is an amazing and beautiful place in the world. There is so much you can see. In case you have missed my first post about Patagonia click here.

Now I want to introduce you to the magic Perito Moreno Glacier. It is approximately a 2 hours bus drive away from El Calafate where plenty of tour companies offer daily visits.

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

The Perito Moreno glacier was named after the explorer Francisco Moreno who studied the region in the 19th century. The ice formation is 250 km2 huge and 30 km long. It is the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water.

Perito Moreno Glacier in summer
Perito Moreno Glacier in summer

The glacier is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia which is still growing. The toe of the Perito Moreno glacier is approximately 5 km wide and 60m high above the surface of the lake ‘lago argentino’. The total ice depth is roughly 170m.

This massive river of frozen water and huge chunks of ice move down constantly crashing into the lake waters below.

massive ice mass from Perito Moreno Glacier
massive ice mass from Perito Moreno Glacier

You can go on a boat trip and get as close as possible to this glacier.

the huge Perito Moreno glacier makes a boat look like a toy
the huge Perito Moreno glacier makes a boat look like a toy

Being in front of this massive glacier is just an incredible feeling.

Ice glacier
Ice glacier

The view from the boat trip:

Perito Moreno Glacier
Perito Moreno Glacier

From here we left to Puerto Natales and prepared ourselves for a three day hiking trip in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

Stay tuned and happy travel.

 

0 Replies to “The magic Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia”

  1. What wonderful photos of some amazing destinations! I look forward to following the rest of your travels and I’ve shared your website on The Long Way Home’s Facebook Page 🙂

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